Ministry of the Disabled

Each month I get the magazine Christianity Today. This months issue has an interesting article. Click here to read it.

I wrote a letter to the editor about it and since they don’t publish all the letters sent I wanted to share it with you.

I wanted to take a few moments to thank you and give feedback on the wonderful article “The Ministry of Disabled,” from page 35 of May 2018 issue.

I am a pastor as well as a mental health professional. For the last four years I’ve worked with children and adults with various developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially in the area of autism. I have a step-son who is non-verbal autistic. If we can only take a few moments and see the world and Christ through their eyes we would truly be blessed!

We as members of the Body of Christ must be united with all persons who make up the body. Our special adults and children have so much to offer and they embody the Greek word diakonos (servant/minister). They serve their church and God with so much love and compassion that they offer a rare glimpse of what Agape love is. Do not hide these great Ambassadors of Christ!  Embrace them, embrace the gifts that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon them!

Remember what Christ said in Matthew 25:45 (Amp): “Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’” Encourage our differently-abled in their ministry opportunities. Include them in: worship, prayer and teaching ministries. Remember the Gates of Glory are open to ALL who love God.

In His Loving Service

Rev. Fr. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.